Jewish World Review March 11, 2014 / 9 Adar II, 5774
Stormtroopers, a Wookiee and CPAC
By Cal Thomas
Some of the speeches also expressed sentiments from the past, though not as cleverly as those in costume: Obama is a bad president, even a bad man. America looks weak before the world. Government is too big and taxes too high. "The Force" seemed to have left the building, or perhaps it never arrived.
Perhaps the most interesting speaker was the outgoing governor of
Perry did something else which even The
That's a position that won't get him many standing ovations, but it is a positive alternative to the angry and negative image projected by too many conservatives.
A bigger issue waiting to be seized by Republicans is education reform. In
In an opinion essay for The Daily Messenger newspaper, Cuomo sounded like a Republican: "...education is not about the districts and not about the pensions and not about the unions and not about the lobbyists and not about the PR firms -- education is about the students, and the students come first."
He added: "We know that too many public schools are failing. Over 200 failing schools -- 6 percent grade level for reading, 5 percent grade level for math. We need new ideas. ... The education industry has said the same thing for decades: more money, and more money, and more money, and it will change. We spend more money per pupil than any state in the nation; we're number 32 in results. It's not just about putting more money in the public school system, it's trying something new and that's what charter schools are all about."
Rescuing children has always been a political issue for Democrats, but they aren't being rescued. Too many are drowning in failed, monopolistic government schools. Conservatives and Republicans should be riding to their rescue, saying something like this: "It is a form of child abuse to deny any child a decent education. Education is a child's ticket to the future, but too many liberal Democrats have stamped those tickets 'invalid' by forcing them to remain in schools where their chances of succeeding are greatly diminished."
If conservatives really want to attract more minority voters they will help their kids. It's positive, it's optimistic, and it will work.
During the 1960 presidential campaign,
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